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ladyknight1

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Re: But ... But ... It's Not Like It's Work! (Craft Freebies)
« Reply #465 on: October 09, 2013, 12:26:19 PM »
I seem to run into the nit-wits.

After the baby shower next week, if my co-workers volunteer my time, efforts and money again to provide a cake/cupcakes for an event, they will be told my going rate. No $$, no cake.
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Re: But ... But ... It's Not Like It's Work! (Craft Freebies)
« Reply #466 on: October 09, 2013, 12:35:27 PM »
don't you mean Knit-wits  8)

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Re: But ... But ... It's Not Like It's Work! (Craft Freebies)
« Reply #467 on: October 09, 2013, 12:36:40 PM »
So a friend of mine, she had a kid pretty recently. It's a cute kid. She had mentioned in passing awhile back how once kid showed up she wanted to get some baby legs for kid, especially since our weather is finally cooling down. Since I'd never made baby legs I thought "Gee, I'd like to try making those", so I made a few. Specifically for this kid, and once kid actually showed up, I gifted them to the parents. Well I actually dropped off the present with the grandparents to give to the parents because I didn't want to bug new parents and I'm worried I'm coming down with a cold (didn't want to gift that, it's mine!). Anyways one of the pairs of baby legs is in Noterdame colors, so friend posts up picture this weekend of kid in ND outfit with, oh the baby legs! Friend who went to high school with both of us commented how cute the baby legs were and asked were they got them. Friend of mine says "Oh, Glitter knitted them up as a baby gift to us!", then I get a message from friend who went to high school asking for baby legs for her kid. Actually what she said was "I need some baby legs for my son. At least two pairs, ND colors for one, and just some boy for the other"....ok...what would you like me to do with this information?

I sent her a response that said: I'd be happy to knit you a few! If you'd like you can buy the yarn you want me to use and I'll knit them up for you for $2 a pair. Or I can use something I have on hand for $5 a pair. Custom orders range from $7-$20 a pair depending on how much the yarn will cost. Let me know what avenue you'd like to take.

Her message back to me was: Oh. LOL, I thought maybe I could get a pair and just ya know...drive some business to you! I'd tell all my friends where I got them from! ;)

Me: Thank you, but that isn't necessary. I can handle my own marketing. So, have you decided which opition for your baby legs?

Yeah, nothing back and I know I won't hear anything back either. A friend of the original friend though (a woman I don't know), sent me this message: Hi, I'm a friend of J's and she showed me some of the super cute baby legs you've knitted for her. I have some yarn already and I've been looking for someone who can knit me up some baby legs. I'd be happy to pay you for your time, and no rush on them at all! Can we meet for coffee to discuss details?

So I met her, she's paying $5 a pair, she's also asked if I can knit her a few caps out of some stash yarn I already have (also $5 each!). She set the price.

See, some people can figure out the right way to ask! Other people are nit-wits.

Gee, Glitter, at $5/pair, it doesn't seem like you're charging enough for your time spent. 

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Re: But ... But ... It's Not Like It's Work! (Craft Freebies)
« Reply #468 on: October 09, 2013, 12:40:09 PM »
I can't believe she had the audacity to ask for it for free when you are charging so little!  I've seen socks that are machine made that cost more!  Come on people  >:(

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Re: But ... But ... It's Not Like It's Work! (Craft Freebies)
« Reply #469 on: October 09, 2013, 12:40:27 PM »
That's what I was thinking!  I don't know what baby legs are (Are they like leg warmers?  No feet in them?) but it does sound like an extremely reasonable amount.

$5 for a hat from stash yarn, if it is just plain and a mindless, TV watching project, is about what I'd charge.  But anything more complicated than that?  Needs to be more money.
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Re: But ... But ... It's Not Like It's Work! (Craft Freebies)
« Reply #470 on: October 09, 2013, 01:04:19 PM »
Yeah, they're basically like leg warmers but...for babies! A lot of parents who cloth diaper use them apparently because then they can show off the cute design on the cloth diaper (my friend uses them like tights).

I knew I was going low as they cost much more on line, but I figure I'm still learning and I can't promise when I'll have them done as I have to do my real job too and that comes first.

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Re: But ... But ... It's Not Like It's Work! (Craft Freebies)
« Reply #471 on: October 09, 2013, 01:07:16 PM »
Yeah, that's so little!  I'd totally buy a pair for that much!  :)

I have a ton of yarn, as I really fell in love with this one kind and bought a bunch (back when I was knitting a lot) and then I sort of lost steam with knitting.  I need to get back into it sometime.  I need to finish the stocking for the baby first, though.  It doesn't have the foot part done yet.  That's no fun, all the treats would fall out!
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Re: But ... But ... It's Not Like It's Work! (Craft Freebies)
« Reply #472 on: October 09, 2013, 01:18:57 PM »

Co-worker: Why not? I want it!


Having young nieces and nephews, I now reflexively respond to any "I wants" with "And I want a million dollars and a pony."

My mother always said "It's good to want things, builds charterer", or "Good to have goals dear".

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Re: But ... But ... It's Not Like It's Work! (Craft Freebies)
« Reply #473 on: October 09, 2013, 01:43:49 PM »
My favorite is 'People in h3ll want ice water'

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Re: But ... But ... It's Not Like It's Work! (Craft Freebies)
« Reply #474 on: October 09, 2013, 01:55:08 PM »
My dad's favorite was "Poo in one hand, want in the other. See which one fills up first." Except his version was much more vulgar.

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Re: But ... But ... It's Not Like It's Work! (Craft Freebies)
« Reply #475 on: October 09, 2013, 05:19:57 PM »
I’ve seen this one coming, but have been waiting to see what form it would take.

I know Doris from a crochet class, and she’s quite capable of crocheting things herself, but she’s very very lazy.  Over two years ago she promised to make afghans for her two grandchildren (boy and girl), but hasn’t yet started them.  I hit a slow spell recently and offered to make an afghan for her granddaughter, because it was a pattern I wanted to make.  I’ve been working hard on the afghan for six weeks and am about 2/3 done.

Today I mentioned my progress to Doris, and her response was “Grandson is going to want to know where his is”. 

A lot of not-so-ehell-approved responses came to mind, but I said nothing because I want to watch the progression of manipulative hints and sense of entitlement that follow before I agree to make an afghan for the grandson – which I intend to do because I want to. 

But she doesn’t need to know that for a while. 
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Re: But ... But ... It's Not Like It's Work! (Craft Freebies)
« Reply #476 on: October 09, 2013, 05:29:05 PM »
Mention CASH for your trouble - or at least meeting her at a restaurant for dinner at her expense for you to turn over each of the afghans to her.

Note - no place with a "dollar menu" qualifies.  Someplace a little nicer in exchange for what you're doing for her....Snarky suggests embroidering your name and the year in one corner to show who really made it.  But that would be up to you....
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Re: But ... But ... It's Not Like It's Work! (Craft Freebies)
« Reply #477 on: October 09, 2013, 08:49:12 PM »
Mention CASH for your trouble - or at least meeting her at a restaurant for dinner at her expense for you to turn over each of the afghans to her.

Note - no place with a "dollar menu" qualifies.  Someplace a little nicer in exchange for what you're doing for her....Snarky suggests embroidering your name and the year in one corner to show who really made it.  But that would be up to you....

Snarky may be on to something. 

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Re: But ... But ... It's Not Like It's Work! (Craft Freebies)
« Reply #478 on: October 09, 2013, 08:53:27 PM »
I'm with Snarky, too.  Definitely make sure it is identifiable as made by you, rather than Doris.
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Re: But ... But ... It's Not Like It's Work! (Craft Freebies)
« Reply #479 on: October 09, 2013, 11:00:35 PM »
You could say that you want to meet the child you're making an afghan for, and present it in person: "Hi, I'm Daffodil Lady. Your grandma asked me to make you an afghan. I hope you like it."
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